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  1. The last time I was at Disney Springs the gondola's were not completed.  Disney Springs is almost next door to Epcot, not really walking distance, but just to give you an idea which theme park it is close too.  I'm not positive but I think the gondolas go from some of the theme parks to Disney Springs.  You may want to look up the new Gondolas that are now in operation.  As I mentioned, they were in the process of completing them the last time we were at Epcot and it looks like a great way to get around.  Parking is free at Disney Springs, but as someone else mentioned it is almost all shopping or restaurants, but boy are the restaurants great.  

  2. I truly believe they need to stay with Holland America.  Absolutely not for me, and I am a  very senior citizen, but sure is for hundreds or thousands of folks. Two worst cruises in my over 50 cruises were on Holland, just not my cup of tea.  Not bad ships, just not enough going on and way too "calm".  I'm going to go sliding into my grave, WOOOOOOOOOOO   HOOOOOOOOOO!  Look out here I come


    5 times on Oasis, 3 times on Allure and anxious to get on Harmony.  I've been on multiple lines and Royal is one of my favorites and the Oasis class is top of the line, never bored.


    This is why there are so many lines to choose from, something for everyone!

  3. We were on MSC Seaside and are Royal, Regent and Princess cruisers.  Same feeling as you,  I won't say never since that is a long time, I will say very doubtful.


    We were also granted Black Card status and we stayed in the Yacht Club.  The cruise would have been almost unbearable if not for the amenities of the Yacht Club.  Our cabin Stewart and butler were fantastic and our cabin was lovely.  The Yacht Club lounge and restaurant are excellent.  


    You are probably asking your self why I found the cruise to be less than good.  We were very disappointed with entertainment, just as mentioned, different costumes but same routine.  Costumes were very nice though.  Food outside YC very disappointing and crew not nearly as friendly as the other cruise lines.  


    Any food outside YC was extremely disappointing, flavorless and cool and no seasoning.  For an Italian ship I would have expected excellent pasta and gravy.......I am able to make better Italian dishes than what we were served.  Yes, we have been to Italy numerous times and each region has their own way of preparing food, but I always gain weight in Italy.


    We as well went to Butcher's Cut for our Black Card meal.  You receive a different menu than what is normally offered, a limited menu.  The menu was fine for us, but the food was very disappointing.  DH and I both got the 6 oz filet, it was cooked medium but a bit cool and flavorless.  I don't know how you can do that, but they managed.  Our sides were mac & cheese, it was ok and overcooked broccoli.  Our server highly suggested a lobster tail to go with the steak and we paid the extra for it.  IT WAS GOOD!  


    We went to the Hibachi for one dinner and it was nice but we have better restaurants for much less cost here at home.  Food was plentiful and presentation was very nice.


    My conclusion, if you sail in the Yacht Club its a nice ship..........I will say I would never sail outside the YC.  Best news of all, I lost over 5 lbs on this cruise, unfortunately it found me when we got home.



  4. I'm a port agent and not all ports can accept doc's off your phone.  Print them out so they can be quickly scanned with the hand held scanners used by the agents.  


    If using a passport, have it out with your boarding pass.  If using government issued photo ID, have your birth certificate with the id.


    You can make it faster and easier to have your printed docs and identification ready instead of having to dig through large purses or carry on luggage.

  5. I have friends that returned from Harmony about one month ago and they were very disappointed with MTD times.  As soon as dining opened they reserved 6 pm for every night.  When they boarded they were told their time was changed to 6:45 because there were too many persons with early fixed dining and they transferred many of them to the American Icon, the MTD room.  So persons that initially requested MTD and wanted to make reservations early got bumped.  Needless to say this caused issues with their reservations for the shows.  When they  dined at 6:45 the dinner took 2 hours and they missed their show that evening.  They had the same problem the next night even though they went around 6 pm, they had to stand in the no reservation line which was long.  They ate in the Solarium Bistro and Windjammer the rest of the week.


    I have sailed Oasis class 8 times and this is the first I ever heard of this, but I as well cannot book anything before 6:30 for MTD for my cruise on Harmony in January.  I am with a group and a few of us wanted to have dinner together so we made reservations together in the Solarium Bistro.  The other evenings I will be in the Coastal Kitchen.  

  6. We had an amazing Butler, Cabin Stewart and waiter in MSC Seaside Yacht Club and we tipped extra at the end of the cruise.  DH shook hands with them with currency in his hand.  I think he also tipped extra to one of the waiters in the lounge, but not sure about that.  


    We always pay our grat's with the final payment and we think it would be fantastic to simply have them included in the price.  So what if they raise the price, if you pay your grat's it will still come out to the same amount of money.   

  7. On 4/24/2019 at 9:35 PM, OCruisers said:


    You'll be fine.  It's just a two hour drive.  

    Enjoy your cruise!  :classic_cool:

    We live in St Augustine and cruise out of Canaveral about 3 times a year.  We leave our house around 8 - 8:30 and get to Park & Cruise around 10 -10:30, drop the car and at the port in no time at all.  We have never gone to Canaveral the day before a cruise.

  8. 4 hours ago, Mike A said:

    When we sailed on the Anthem in February we had anytime dining. We were a group of 6. When we went to the dining room the 1st night we asked if we could get the same table at 5:15-5:30. We were immediately accommodated and were given a great table in the back of Silk. The waiter and assistant, as well as the head waiter for our section were amazing. We also noticed everyone in our section were at the same table every night and we were told that section was saved for those who had anytime but wanted traditional.

    As an aside the service all around on our cruise was fantastic even though it was President’s Week with a full ship and 1700 children on board. 1st time on RCL and won’t be the last. 

    We don’t want to schedule every night, just a few together.  Some would like to have different times and I will schedule a few nights in Coastal Kitchen.  We did want to dine together 3 or 4 nights together early and then what ever times others wanted they could arrange.  This has always worked for us on 8 previous cruises on Oasis class ships, maybe just not this time.

  9. 31 minutes ago, janetz said:

    You don’t need to reserve with MTD 😊

    Well, after 5 cruises on Oasis and 3 on Allure, I’ll always reserve our dining time. There is a line for reservations and another line for no reservations.  You are correct in one respect though, I am in a grand suite so I do not need to reserve but some others are in balcony cabins and we enjoy all dining together, so yes, we do make reservations.

  10. I will only repeat what I wrote earlier.  Being on the ship with that particular group was the worst cruise we have ever been on in over 50 cruises. I'm sorry that it has upset you, but the facts remain the same.  I as well have observed many times when children were not behaving and cruisers were rude to staff and unmannerly, just never as bad as that cruise was.  Was it all of the 1500 persons????? Truthfully it seemed as though it was double that and the persons not with that group were the outsiders.


    I wish I had taken video to show you some of the disgusting treatment and obnoxious behavior of these persons.  It wasn't only the children that were running wild, the adults were totally rude and unmannerly.  They would push elderly and disabled persons aside to get on the elevators, they would have their books and papers laying all over tables and chairs that were not reserved for them.  When crew would ask them to move some items, they would be verbally loud and not comply.  


    By the 5th day it was getting so unruly that many cruisers were telling them to move or just pushing their stuff on the floor.  We observed one male, I don't know if you would call him an elder or what, but there was a section reserved for the group and at one time the elder screamed at the waiter "you don't serve me like that" and knocked the plate of food to the floor.  We were there and that ended our eating in the MDR.


    The hot tubs were always packed with the children and yes they had ice cream in there, dropping it on the floor and no one cared.  The Wipe Out Cafe was reserved for them only the entire week, I have on idea how long it must have taken the crew to clean it as it was a disaster area.


    Would you like me to continue?   


    Again I will say, NEVER AGAIN with this group and if it upsets you, well, then that's just how it is.

  11. Once was enough for us, NEVER again with that group.  This was on Oasis and I had to beg DH to ever go on a Royal ship with me again.  For the first time in our lives we could not wait to get off our favorite class ship.  The way they treated the crew was beyond horrible and I don't know why they are still allowed to ruin other cruises vacations by being obnoxious and rude.


    Yes, they bring their own music and food and there are areas that are reserved for only them the entire week.  Expect to see rude unmannerly behavior all over the ship.  As mentioned before:  NEVER AGAIN.

  12. Sometimes I simply stop in the middle of a survey and delete it.  Other times I complete it.  I recently did a survey after staying at The Dolphin at Epcot.  Almost everything was excellent except for the waitress in the dining room at breakfast.  I explained the issue in totality and also added my name and email address on the survey.   Two days after submitting the survey response I was contacted by the assistant manager of the restaurant.  I provided him my telephone number and he called me.  We discussed what had happened as well as why I did not report this at the time.  I was with a friend that never wants to be around confrontation and would rather just leave than become involved in issues.


    The reason I mention this is going forward I'm going to finish my survey's in the same manner.  If there was a problem I will mention it on the survey and I will provide my name and email address.  I wonder how many times I'll be contacted???


    My last two cruises I was not asked one time about giving 10's  and I don't remember being asked about the survey.  The ships were the Enchantment and Oasis.



  13. Yes, they had really good hor dourves and the bar service was excellent.  The crew was fantastic!  We had quite the experience on the ship.  We were having a great time in Key West and when we got back on the ship I checked my emails and friends were checking up on us because of the hurricane!  What hurricane???  The next day we had a tour scheduled for Cuba and it rained off and on during the tour, but we were able to jump off and on the motor coaches.  By the way, this was one of RC tours and it was excellent except for the weather.  The motor coach's were new and very comfortable.  We were going to explore on foot after the tour, but by then the wind and rain was really nasty.  We went back to the ship and stayed dry but we  will be repeating either this cruise or a longer one to Cuba.  


    That night I told my husband we are only sailing around the island as you could see lights off in the distance, he said he just thought they were other islands.  At 7 am the Captain made an announcement to the entire ship that due to the hurricane he chose to cruise around the coast of Cuba so passengers could get a restful night sleep.  This did mean we would get back to Tampa later than we should, but he also told all passengers that had scheduled air or other arrangements to bring their doc's to guest services and they would be attempting to assist those passengers.  Internet was opened for everyone and we headed back to Tampa following the hurricane.


    We arrived in port 2 hours later than scheduled, but we were safe, we had a good cruise back and I have been in many, many more windy and rough seas than what our Captain took us through.  I cannot say enough GREAT, GOOD things about the entire crew on this ship.  Fabulous and by the way, the food was very good.  As I mentioned, we will be going back to do more exploring, but thought you would like to know you are embarking on a very nice ship.  



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